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bad. >> i learned any attack against syria is not going to overthrow assad and not going to keep him from gassing his own citizens again. >> i learned a lot military skepticism internally about this. a lot. i hope you guys have a great labor day weekend. i'm always so tired. this is friday, right? >> yes. >> it is the fall and we're not going into memorial day weekend, right? >> no, it's labor day. >> great, then i can go. the way i know it is, because alabama's going to win on saturday night. thanks for watching us this week. if it's way too early, it's "morning joe." stick around because "the fix" is next. have a great labor day weekend. roll tide. one big ally opts out. after parliament shoots down the uk supporting a strike on syria, prime minister cameron says he will act accordingly. president obama's team is pushing forward. back here at home, top administration officials urged
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congress to back military action against the assad regime. we'll talk to two top senators about the case for action. and while syria takes center stage for the white house, behind the scenes, they're prepping a previous president's push on health care. can bill clinton rally skeptic and a ton of twentysomethings to sign up in october? good morning, it's friday, august 30th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck eliza in for chuck todd today. we begin with syria. whether president obama is willing to go it alone. as he moves closer to a decision about whether to launch air strikes in retaliation for last week's chemical weapons attack, support for that action may be waning. on thursday, protesters marched outside the white house, demanding the u.s. not launch missile strikes against the assad regime. inside, the president and his top officials were working to make the case to skeptical lawmakers. the administration held a 90-minute conference call with more than two dozen congressional leaders thursday
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evening. they heard from secretaries hagel and kerry, as well as the head of the dni and the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. secretary hagel, who was taking part from the philippines, explained why that call was made. >> objective of a call today was not to convince anyone of anything. the objective was to give the leaders of the congress an update on our thinking, on -- where we are on this issue. and just as importantly, seek their advise. >> reaction was mixed. and not necessarily down party lines. house democratic leader nancy pelosi backed a measured and limited approach to syria. republican senator bob corker said he would support surgical proportional military strikes. house speaker boehner and at least 140 other lawmakers continue to push for more dialogue.
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many of them want the president to seek congressional approval as well. and democratic senator carl levin of michigan said he wants to give u.n. inspectors time to finish their work. and the head of the house armed services committee said the president has work to do as well. >> it's up to the president of the united states to present his case, to sell this to the american public. they're very war weary. we've been at war for other ten years. there are a lot of people who do not want to see us get involved in another issue over there. however, there are problems if we take action. there are problemses if we don't take action. >> information shared on the call linking the assad regime to last week's deadly chemical strikes is in the process of being declassified and could be released to the public within days. overseas, france insists it's still willing to go ahead with plans to strike syria but the other critical part of that coalition, the uk, is out. this comes after the british
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parliament rejected prime minister cameron's impassioned pleas for action. voting against a military strike, amid concerns it could lead to an iraq-style quagmire. cameron reacted by saying he wouldn't press the issue. >> it is clear to me that the british parliament reflecting the views of the british people does not want to see british military action. i get that. and the government will act accordingly. >> back here at home, the national security council tried to shrug off the results by saying it would keep consulting with the uk but that decision making would be guided by american interests. one important final voice to add to this conversation. this morning, former president george w. bush was asked on fox news about the decision president obama faces. he wouldn't weigh in directly but says the u.s. can't ignore what's going on in other parts of the world. >> as time passes, people forget the lessons of september 11.
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one of the key lessons is the human condition elsewhere matters to the security of the united states. >> as all of this is going on, the civil war continues in syria. this morning, measuwe're gettin details about a new attack. this video may be disturbing. syrian activists say this a tack took place on monday. they say a government plane attacked a school with a substance-like napalm. the images show no blood, just burns over 50, sometimes 80% of student's bodies. rebels say ten people were killed and dozens more were injured. with me now, rhode island democratic senator jack reed. he has also served as an army ranger. thank you for taking the time. i want to start with the news from britain yesterday. and the rejection of preliminary vote on support for a strike. how big a deal is this as it comes to -- or should it be as comes to the u.s.' calculations over what to do next?
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>> significant because one of the foundations of effective action is a broad multinational coalition. the british seem to be leading quite forward with respect to their support for, first, a diplomatic approach, but if necessary, a military approach. so i would not sort of give up on britain in terms of perhaps joining us later on. but we have to do a lot of work to build up their confidence and their ability to support us not just diplomatically but also if we have to resort to a military operation. >> senator, should we go forward, in your opinion, with or without britain? >> i think it's important to build this coalition. i think i would not stop the planning. i would not stop the consideration because of the british action. it's encouraging that the french are still supportive. also, i think even on a broader front, we have to reach out, particularly to potential allies in the middle east.
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the broader international coalition we have, the more likely. although it's not something that would happen. more likely we could have effects without military action. i think if we can, indeed, we must, avoid a unilateral approach to the problem. >> now, senator, many comparisons in explaining what happened in the uk yesterday with the vote centered on iraq and the claims of weapons of mass destruction. the idea that many people feel we were rushed into that conflict. how much does that factor into your thinking? you're someone who voted against the use of force resolution on iraq. how much does it factor into your thinking and the broader thinking over how much congress should be consulted before any action is taken on syria? >> we're in a post-iraq world. i think the reaction yesterday in great britain is say reflection that they are still very skreeptical because of wha
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happened in iraq. because of propositions that were made by the government, bush administration, about weapons of mass destruction, and how none of that really came to fruition. and so that's skepticism is working overseas. it's also working in the united states. where the reaction here is, again, as become mckeon said, after ten years of warfare, afghanistan and iraq, the american people are tired. all of this has to be considered by all of us. i think the president's position would be enhanced with strong international support and also congressional support. either explicit through legislative action or implicit through the leadership cooperation. we have to i think be methodical about this. the situation in syria is not going to be resolved overnight. unfortunately, this is going to go on for many, many months. we should take that time to
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build a political foundation. the international and domestic foundation. and hopefully with that, we can pressure the syrians to stop some of the more horrendous attacks they're taking on their own people. >> senator, just to be clear, we expect the u.n. inspectors to come out of the country and then out with a report either this weekend or early next week. you do not believe that the report detailing what happened with the use or lack thereof. but we think the use of chemical weapons. you do not think that requires immediate action by the united states, that it makes more sense then to take, as you say, a methodical approach, no matter what those findings are? >> i think the findings will be very helpful. because they'll give an international perspective. one that is factually based. they've been on the ground. they've looked at the evidence. that would help immensely. but it's better to do this carefully. to put together the coalition. to have the international and
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domestic support. then i think to rush off and conduct an operation. because this -- this is not going to be something that is going to be resolved in a matter of days by one dramatic military strike. this is, unfortunately, for the syrian people particularly, and for the region, this is a long, long struggle. it's a sectarian struggle. so i think if we make the investment now, if the president does, careful building up and also explaining to the american people that this is in our international interest, this has to be done. we have to communicate to the american people this is in our national interest, whatever the president chooses. >> senator jack reid, thank you for your time, sir. now with me the ranking republican the armed soirervice committee, oklahoma senator jack
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inhofe. now, senator, i understand that you say that you're the only person voicing not opposition but skepticism about what you were hearing last night. can you detail for us your thoughts based on the call last night? >> yes, sure. i have to clarify that. i said specifically i'm opposed to military intervention. and no one else has said that. the reason i said that is i hope that people understand now, after 4 1/2 years, that this administration has not prioritized the military. in fact, it's degraded the military to the point where we're actually having furloughs military personnel. and we can't continue to do that. we have grounded, what, 14, 16 squadrons, flying squad r ining. we don't have the assets to get involved in another event over there. i know, i'm sympathetic to the
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people. i look at the poor kids. but i also know throughout africa we have the same thing going on in koit deivory. the same thing going on in the eastern congo, in goma. we have problems all over the world, we could be sympathetic. we don't have the assets to get involved in another conflict. that's the reason i am opposed to it. we'll be having other conversations today. i have to say this too. john kerry did a good job at trying to sell the members, the leadership of the house and the senate yesterday, on going into a military intervention. he did all he could. speaking on behalf of the president. to encourage us to do it. that's why i was very specific. and i said on that call that i am opposed to military intervention. we don't have the resources. >> and, senator, i just want to push you a little bit on this. which is we had your colleague, senator reid, jack reid, on just before you. he emphasized a methodical
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approach. a careful building up. he would say. of the argument for this. i understand your concerns on the spending front and the resource front. is there an argument that can be made if the president waits until congress comes back? is there an argument that can be made to persuade you? or is your opposition solid regardless because of that resource question? >> first of all, i have so much respect for jack reid. i listen to his interview prior to my being on. i agree. you can't go it alone. here's the problem i had with it though. we don't have the resources. i know no one believes that. that's why i'm the only one who ever says it. somebody has to say it. we are looking at a situation right now where the president has downgraded our military. he's put a lot of budget into the defense budget. we don't have a lot of resources to do it. you can't go in -- a lot people are saying the easy answer is to
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go in surgically and do it. i was watching north yesterday talking about how ridiculous that argument is. if we get involved, it's a military intervention. we don't have the resources to do that today. and it's not just me who's saying that. can i just give you one quote, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. he says, there could be for the first time in my career insta e instances where we're asked to respond to a crisis and we have to say, we cannot. that's a quote. it's not just me saying this. >> oklahoma republican jim inhofe, thank you. half of americans think action in syria is a bad idea. we'll go inside the brand-new nbc news poll numbers next. plus, if the president does decide to attack, a look at what the fallout could look like around the middle east. later on, another u.s. president and his decisions about whether
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in a new nbc news poll out this morning, showing a country divided when it comes to the next step in syria. when asked the open-ended
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question about military action, half are against it. 42% support an attack. when the scope was limited to just cruise missiles launched from warships, those numbers were flipped. 50% would support that action. 44% would be opposed. joining me, nbc news senior political editor mark murray. let's walk through this a little bit more. we've seen a resistant in the wake of iraq and afghanistan, of the american public, to involve our country in other conflicts. explain the difference between the basic open ended question and just the cruise missile question. >> i think this poll presents good news and bad news. the bad news is the general stuff where there is some hesitancy from the public on getting into another middle east eastern entangalment. these are going to be cruise missiles from u.s. war shopshipt u.s. soldiers on the ground. buried in the story are
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president obama's numbers. 41% approve his foreign policy handling. to me, those are really tough numbers. the public is saying, we're not sure we approve of how this has been sold so far. >> correct me if i'm wrong, and i follow this stuff pretty closely, foreign policy has long been a place where he was stronger than, say, where he was on the economy, when it relates to people supporting his position, correct? >> i think this is several years after the bin laden killing. which that boosted his numbers. it is interesting, his economic numbers have gone up. but i do think, you know, one thing our pollsters opponent out is once an action occurs if president explains this to the american public, once things, if things end up happening, public opinion can flip on a dime. so this is the situation right now. it could change if strikes occur. >> a very changeable situation.
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nbc's mark murray. who pens "first read" that i always read. thank you. as the white house weighs its next move, officials are aware of the fact the international stakes are quite high, whether there's an attack or not. bobby goesh is the international editor for "time" magazine and our next guest is on the council for foreign relations. i want to start with you and quote from something you wrote entitled the best case scenario in syria. you said, the united states should use the leverage it has in the form of continued pressure and looming military strikes, to help get all sides to the table. that could involve striking key establishment assets relating to its chemical weapons program even while dangling offers of negotiations. is that the sort of thing you think is if not just the best case scenario a plausible scenario for this administration? >> i think it's plausible.
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the indispensable nation has been very ill-inclined to act on this conflict. where the state department has been far more forward leaning than the pentagon which, you know, smarting from sequestration and budget cuts and really exhausted by a decade of conflict has not wanted to go in. the issue that you see is that really the ghost of conflicts past is hovering over the entire conversation. it's not just iraq. it's afghanistan and also libya. when i've been talking to former diplomats and current diplomats for the last several months, what they talk about really is the cost of inaction. and the only plausible scenario they see to possibly cut the amount of blood letting that is to come is to use some sort of military action to change the facts on the ground and really shepherd people toward the table, toward geneva, too, which already has been a conversation but nobody has solidified the
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deal. >> bobby, i was struck, the "time" magazine cover, an unhappy warrior, about president obama. i was struck by the construct which is the president's sort of transformative, hoping for change on a global scale. domestically, to sort of really change the way in which politics works. i was so interested in that from a foreign policy perspective, some of the same holds true. can you explain to us that conceit? >> when he came into power for the first time, the world greeted him with expectations. there was hope in change even without his having to communicate it. a lot of it has to do with the fact he was not george bush. he got a nobel prize even before they finished redecorating the white house. but the problem was all he could offer the world, given the state of the american economy, given the fact that america was --
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extended in two wars in the middle east and in afghanistan, all he could offer was language, was words. they were powerful words, soaring words, but he couldn't follow that up with any real action. and in syria, he's really been exposed. ironically, the words have come back to haunt him. the language of a man that's so well known for speaking powerful ideas in some ways is now being trapped by his own language. he said bashar al assad has to go. assad hasn't gone. he said red lines will be crossed and there will be consequences. now he's put on the spot. he has to deliver the consequences. it's time for him to act i think in the ieyes of the world. >> you mentioned not just syria but the region and the impact that would have. how does -- to bobby's point, the president at this point by his words, some way by his timetable, he's going to sweden, going to russia. there seems to be a short window
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here. how does he balance the geopolitical consequences with -- to bobby's point, what he has said before? >> i think the timing was not exactly what they thought it would be when they set out to have this conversation. i think the uk parliament's decision wasn't helpful. i think now, you know, all along the idea has been to send messages to two groups. foreign fighters. the fear is syria now is becoming 1980's afghanistan on the mediterranean. so how do you send a message to foreign fighters that the united states is watching what's going to happen? and waiting to see whether they regroup into a way that could potentially be threatening and eventually end up dragging america into this conflict kicking and screaming, whether it wanted to or not? and foreign powers inner it erm iran. does iran take the message that
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you can't just cross a red line but you can trample on it and get away with it? really take that message to mean much more than the white house ever had. one diplomat said to me, i think we're serious about using power if iran crosses such a line. i don't know the iranians do. i think those are the two audiences that this administration really is thinking about. then you have, you know, russia coming right up in the middle of that to complaint the conversation even further. >> gayle mentioned the uk parliament vote. we had jack reid on earlier who said it was a significant setback. given your point about what president obama has said, as gayle mentioned, you know, how many red lines can be crossed here, can the u.s. afford to go it alone at this point? if we don't have britain, as it looks as though we won't? where do we go from that vote yesterday? >> if there are sufficient numbers of other allies, technically, yes, the u.s. can
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go with another group, without the uk. it will be a big hole in the coalition psychologically and political more than militarily. i think militarily the u.s. was going to hold most of the water in any kind of action. but i think what happened last night in the british parliament is a cautionary tale for the administration here. because if cameron wasn't able to sell this strike to his parliament, highly informed group of people, then the challenge for the president of this country, who may not have that particular problem, he doesn't have to go to congress. there's precedent for him not to go to congress. but he's going to have to sell the same idea to his peeople, t the american people who are not necessarily as well informed about the developments in the middle east as the british parliament so this is going to be a really hard sell. and what the president says over the next few days is going to be crucial. >> and i want to get from both of you quickly, i want to get expectations and the time line.
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gayle, let's start with you, a time line for some action or a decision on action. is it slowed by the kuuk decisi? >> i think the time line is going to be determined in part by what happened in the next couple of days. that call with the hill last night was a challenge. iraq was brought up a number of times. and folks on the hill really urged the administration to make the case. to the american public and to them. to bobby's point. i think that is going to be something that continues to press on people's minds. to what extent do you need to bring the american war weary public on board before anything happens or can you go ahead and move? i think also tuesday, the impending trip to russia, will be in the factor. i think the coming days will tell exactly what time line they determine is best and to what extent they think they need public support. >> bobby, same question, do you agree with gayle, that the trip to russia looming, where are we on that time line? >> i think i'll reget making any
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kind of prediction, but i would be very surprised if this time next week something hadn't already happened. >> bobby goesh, gayle zenet-lemon, thank you for your perspective. the possibility of war next door. the role of the i'ally in this fight and what it might mean for them. first, how many sitting members of congress directly succeeded his or her parent in the same seat? i can think of one off the top of my head. the first person to tweet the correct answer to @dailyrundown will get an on-air shout out. that answer and much more coming up on "the daily rundown." building animatronics
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there's much more of today's "daily rundown" coming up with a look at the man who is has been called the secretary of explaining stuff. bill clinton. and we're watching all the developments out of syria as u.s. military forces stand at the ready and the debate rages on here in washington on whether to take action. a live report from the region is ahead. you're watching "the daily rundown" only on msnbc. hi, i'm karissa. hi, i'm sherri. and i'm going to show sherri how collecting box tops for education earns cash for our school by shopping at walmart. come on. sherri, look at all these products that you can buy for your family with box tops. and look, four box tops in one box. that's awesome! more cash for our school. only at walmart you get 4 box tops on over 100 items. karissa i got it and you only had to tell me four times. find 4 box tops on your family favorites like general mills cereals and nature valley granola bars backed by our low price guarantee. nascar is ab.out excitement
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let me just say, president clinton has been traveling all across the country for this campaign. he has been breaking it down so well that people tell me i should ask him to be secretary of explaining stuff. >> president obama is calling on that secretary of explaining stuff to try to clear up confusion about the affordable health care act. president clinton is set to give
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a speech on health care on wednesday at his presidential library in little rock. in a new poll, 51% of americans don't feel they have enough information about the law. and this number is even more incredible. 44% aren't even sure the affordable health care act is actually a law. still, 57% disapprove of defunding the health care forums. >> we cannot relax in our efforts to implement health care reform in a way that ends discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions. one of which is inadequate income to pay for rising health care. >> let's bring in our gaggle. democratic strategist and former spokesman doug friendle. carey budolf-brown.
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and republican pollster kristin anderson. i want to start with you, it's a simple question, did the obama campaign, obama presidency, screw up the messaging originally on health care? if so, can they fix it? >> i don't think they screwed it up. i was dealing with this when i was at the house. we were dealing with a lot of incoming. death panels, socialism. so getting out the positive messaging on the health care which we were working on and i think the president did aggressively, oftentimes ran into a brick wall on some of the things that the opposition was doing. they were very well mobilized. i give them credit for coming up with very, very interesting but false myth, about the law. i think right now the most important thing is how it's being implemented right now. you have with young people 15 million people who have health care under the provision that they can get it under their parent's care. 63% of those, 63% of young republicans are actually signing up for that provision. a lot of things are going right
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right now. this is an important phase of the effort. bill clinton will be helpful. >> i want to go to you on the numbers. one thing i was struck by is 44% of people either don't know, refused -- they don't know it's a law, including 8% of people who think congress overturned the law. how do you deal -- what do you make of that 44%? who are those people? are those peep who, to doug's point, if they're more informed about the law, would be more in favor of it? >> think those are people who are pretty busy. they're not able to tune into the news every single day for an hour to learn about what's going on. this law is a very complicated law. i mean, the frequently asked questions that the white house put out a week ago was other 100 different questions. there's a lot going on here. these are folks that just don't have time to dig into all of this. the problem i think is less about whether they're informed on the law and how the law's going to affect their day to day lives. when young healthy people check out these exangs if they find out these insurance policies are
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a lot more expense itch that overrides any messaging that's out there. >> i think a lot to doug and your point, what happens when people either don't sign up or don't care? i want to go to you on this. sending out bill clinton. bill clinton was widely seen as the best surrogate for barack obama. what message does sending out bill clinton send? where is the white house on this? just wait, the numbers are going to get better. the numbers haven't gotten better. >> bill clinton, it's a sign, you know, his speech next week is part of this much broader push by the president, the first lady, the bidens. they're coming up with a plan right now to send all of these guys out there. they view this next 6 to 7 months as sort of an early vote if a political campaign. using their assets strategically. monitoring enrollment in the key markets where they need to see a lot of people. sending folks like, you know, bill clinton or the president or anybody they can into those markets to boost enrollment.
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and, you know, this is -- the president does not -- he even tells the staff, we're not going to see these numbers turn around any time soon. >> basically where they've been for a long time. >> they know that. the white house is very consumed with making this implementation work as best they can. this is their best hope in years to try to make this work. >> i want to start with you, kristin. one of the numbers i was struck by, 57% of people, this is aening mo t aamong the whole sample, 57% still think defunding it is the wrong answer. there's many in your party who think that's what they should do. is that the way republicans lose in your opinion on health care? >> so i'm gravely concerned about this split within the party over the strategy of what you do. i think in general all republicans are on the same page. they think this law is a bad idea and they'll prefer to see it appealed. the question is how to you achieve it. i am concerned that the idea you t defund this law at the expense of shutting down the government, that's politically not the best way for people to go.
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>> is that an opening for your party, messagewise on a political front? is that an opening to sort of resell health care? i think the president touched on this. what's the republican alternative? their plan is basically defund health care. they haven't put forward an alternative. what you're telling the 30 million americans who will get health care coverage, you're on your own. so what is their alternative? i think newt gingrich hit on this and other republican leaders hit on this as well. it's not enough to oppose the president on everything he said. you need an alternative. they don't have one. >> before we go, quickly, bill clinton out there, a lot of surrogates out there, are we going to see barack obama with a very aggressive sell on health care? >> he already is. in the last month alone, you look at what he's done and said on this law, is remarkable. this week, he courted african-americans very heavily while they were in town. and the white house is planning, you know, what they're describing as the most
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coordinated effort involving barack obama. the first lady. doing the social media stuff. >> there will be more to come. and more to come from the gaggle. thank you, all. after a break, more on what's going to happen with syria as neighboring israelis gear up and the tension begins to build. we'll get the latest from tel aviv. later, nikki haley brings out the big guns to announce her re-election campaign in south carolina. was there really another announcement going on? first this is "the daily rundown." the white house soup of the day. it's a little seafood gumbo. every time i host, i don't like the soup. maybe i just don't like soup. maybe that's the answer. wait a sec! i found our colors. we've made a decision. great, let's go get you set up... you need brushes... you should check out our workshops... push your color boundaries while staying well within your budget walls.
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collected regarding the syrian chemical attack last week. israelis are preparing for the worst. gathering up gas masks and manning air defense units just in case a strike leads to an retaliatory attack on israel. our guest joins us live from tel aviv. netanyahu said israelis should go about their regular routines. are people heeding his words? >> hi, chris. they are heeding his words. the israelis aren't really afraid of a syrian attack against israel if the u.s. were to strike syria, but they are preparing. that being said, thousands of israelis have lined up for government-issued gas mask in the last few days. some in a panic, in fact, pushing and shoving, trying to get those gas masks just in case there was an attack. you still see israelis out on the streets, going to the beaches, going to work, as they
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always do. it's safe to say this isn't the friendliest neighborhood for israel. they've been attacked in the past from various sides of the border. but prime minister netanyahu did say it's a low likely chance that syria would attack israel. he did also say if we identify any attempt to attack us, we will respond and we will respond forcefully. he also said the state of israel is prepared for any scenario. he has -- the government has called on about 1,000 reservists to head up north where that border with syria is. they've erected several iron dome anti-missile battery facilities across the country, including two in tel aviv and several up north, just in preparation. so that being said, israel is not taking any chances, but they do feel as though the syrians will not attack. we should also mention back in january and may, israel had two air strikes on syrian soil targeting possible weapon shipments to hezbollah. and syria did not retaliate
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then. so that's partly why the israelis believe they won't retaliate this time. >> atia abawi, live for us in tel aviv, thank you. we asked, how many sitting members of congress directly succeeded his or her parent in that same seat? the answer is nine. the full list on our website, rundown.msnbc.com. congratulations to today's win, david wilson. congrats. send your trivia suggestions to dailyrundown.msnbc.com. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] running out of steam? ♪ now you can give yourself a kick in the rear! v8 v-fusion plus energy. natural energy from green tea plus fruits and veggies. need a little kick? ooh! could've had a v8. in the juice aisle.
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she's got four years of showing the people of south carolina and i might add showing the rest of the country, this is how you run a state. >> americans are standing for freedom and limited government and for lower taxes and being
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led by great conservative governors. nicki haley is one of those leaders. >> we understand that true freedom prosperity comes from the hard work with a job in the private sector and you got a governor that understands that for all of the people in south carolina. >> that was big name republicans rallying with matching shirts, might add, to back nikki haley for reelection. let's bring back in our gaggle. did scott walker and bobby jindal and rick perry invested in nikki haley or because south carolina is in the early stage? >> i would be willing to bet that skorl has a little more than something to do with it but nikki haley is a rising star in the party and one of the bright stars in terms of governors out there in the states.
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align yourself with her makes perfect sense. >> i get why aligning with her makes sense but, doug, does nikki haley aligning with people who do not live in the state make sense for nikki haley who is going to be in a real race? >> she is in real political trouble in terms of her numbers and i think other republican governors who are often touted. i think nikki haley is trying to make a play to her base to ramp them up by bringing rick perry and scott walker on the stage to kind of give them a boost, remind them that she is one of them. it was kind of odd, though. because generally in an announcement like that you're surrounded by people from the state, not necessarily outsiders. >> let's talk about this. she was a rising star and she may well still be but her numbers have not been great in the state. some debate she might not run for re-election.
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i don't know if that was seriously considered. if she wins south carolina midterm, she becomes a critical power broker in 2016. >> she is always a favorite of sarah palin. she is an attractive indian american and just by the fact that you saw those governors show up with her, shows already how she is a hot commodity. >> i would warn, though. i still remember all of the endorsements in these early states, how important they all were and then the person they endorsed didn't win. kristen, shameless plug. >> i'm wearing my gator blue because college football comes back this week. >> a shout-out to glenn thursday. >> no one wears a fedora like glenn. >> no. >> as a long time actually raised in washington, i'm going to give a pitch for d.c. 2024!
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>> oh! hey! >> what a great place to host the olympics. >> i couldn't agree more. >> all of the facilities and get a new stadium. >> speaking of sports. my shameless concluding, the catholic field hockey team's first game kicking off the 2013 season is tonight against washington college. yes, i have a rooting interest. my wife is the coach of said team. let's get the olympics here, doug! let's build that field hockey stadium. that's it for the edition of "the daily rundown." have a wonderful weekend. coming up next is chris jansing and company with guest host richard lui. la's known definitely for its traffic, congestion, for the smog. but there are a lot of people that do ride the bus. and now that the buses are running on natural gas, they don't throw out as much pollution into the air. so i feel good. i feel like i'm doing my part to help out the environment.
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views of the british people do not want to see british military action and i get that and the government will act accordingly. >> this disturbing video was released overnight saying a school take was attacked. ten killed and dozens of high school students suffered burns across 50% to 80% of their bodies. today, the administration may have new evidence to bolster its case for an attack. it is expected to release a u.s. intelligence report showing syria's government responsible for the alleged chemical attack on civilians. last night, the obama national security team shared intelligence with top members of congress in a 90-minute teleconference. it was enough to convince minority leader nancy pelosi that the u.s. should strike. in a rare interview, former president bush talked about the enormity of the situation. take a listen. >> the president has to make a tough decision. putting our military into harm's way is the